|2015 Homeschool History Fair of the Ozarks||
April 29, 1588: Sir Francis Drake led a pre-emptive strike that “singed the beard of the King of Spain.” Sailing a fleet into the Spanish ports of Cadiz and Corunna, Drake occupied the harbors and destroyed more than thirty naval and merchant ships delaying the attempted Spanish invasion of England by a year.
April 30, 1904: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition or the St. Louis World’s Fair opened. Exhibits were staged by 62 foreign nations, the United States government, and 43 of the then-45 U.S. states. Nearly 20 million visitors attended the fair.
May 1, 1884: Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first African American to play in a professional baseball game in the United States. Walker played one season as the catcher of the Toledo Blue Stockings, a club in the American Association.
April 2, 1955: Tennessee Williams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It was the second Pulitzer for Williams who had previously won for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948.
April 3, 1979: Margaret Thatcher was elected to her first term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Remaining in office until 1990, she was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman (and only scientist) to have held the office.
April 4, 1970: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent, Ohio the weekend before, opened fire on a group of student protestors, killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others.
Folks need to find some time to get over to the History Museum on the Square. A delightful new exhibit dedicated to the famed Route 66 will be premiering this Sunday, April 28th and will run throughout the summer. Titled "Woodruff's Dream: The Mother Road through Springfield," this look back at the iconic road focuses on the central role Springfield played in the planning. Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for children, and museum members enter for free! The museum is located at 155 Park Central Square ~ Springfield, MO 65806. Call 417.832.1200 or visit their web site at http://historymuseumonthesquare.org/ for more information.
There are some exciting things in the works down at the museum, including a major renovation project that should greatly impact the square as a cultural hub for the region. Show your support by becoming a member of this fine organization!
We had a wonderful time at the SHEM convention over the past few days. It was a pleasure to get the chance to speak with so many interested parents and students about the fair and potential projects. There appears to be quite a bit of enthusiasm about the new historical web site category. Many have already taken advantage of the early registration special we were offering during the convention. But if you did not get a chance to come out and visit with us, do not despair. We will be accepting registrations at the discounted rate of $4 per entry until May 31st. Registration forms are now available online at http://hhfo.weebly.com/.
Oh! You don't have project in mind yet! That shouldn't stop you. You have all summer to figure that out. Just go ahead and sign up and you can let us know the specifics later! Just head on over to our web site and click on our Registration page for all the necessary forms!
The organizers of the history fair are excited to announce that we have changed the name from Southwest Missouri Homeschool History Fair to Homeschool History Fair of the Ozarks. This name more accurately reflects the regional coverage of the fair and our outreach to all local homeschoolers and history groups.